But various hurdles to achieving foreign talent integration remain. Conditions for the more than 30,000 foreign white-collar professionals working in Taiwan have drastically improved in recent years, thanks to a combination of new laws, government initiatives, and an increasing demand for foreign talent in innovative industries. Obstacles to obtaining work authorization have been reduced and…

Younger Taiwanese have a very different approach to work than previous generations. Companies are looking for the best ways to adapt. Since the start of Taiwan’s manufacturing age half a century ago, the same ethos has permeated most companies’ corporate culture. Decision-making is concentrated at the top, absolute loyalty is expected from employees, and overtime…

Labor strife has been a rarity in Taiwan. Most unions have been organized within individual companies rather than across industries, limiting their power. And for years under the martial-law provisions that ended in 1987, strikes were prohibited altogether. Based on recent developments in the aviation industry, that labor tranquility can no longer be taken for…

After much controversy, a revised Labor Standards Law has now been enacted in Taiwan.

BY NATHAN SNYDER AND JEFFREY LIEN Early this year, Taiwan’s legislature passed a set of amendments to the Labor Standards Act (LSA), Taiwan’s core statute governing labor and employment. These amendments, which were officially implemented on March 1, 2018, feature changes intended to provide greater flexibility to employers whose business needs may make compliance with the…